Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass panel @ Comic Con

Michelle Rodriguez (Machete Kills), Maggie Q (Nikita), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), and Danai Guira (The Walking Dead) assembled to discuss being female action heroes, what it’s like to work in an industry run by men and the hazards of the job.

Maybe she managed to hide herself… She survived Crastor, and he was the worst shit I’ve ever met. She survived the long march to the Wall. She survived a White Walker for fuck’s sake!
She might have got out.

~Men of the Night’s Watch talking about Gilly’s odds of surviving the wildling sack of Mole’s Town.

For some reason this little talk the guys at Castle Black (which is turning into the zombie movie wrapped inside the fantasy film that is Game of Thrones) made me really happy.

Maybe because it’s one of the only times I recall the men in the show discussing a woman that didn’t involve sex. Not just that, but acknowledging that Gilly, soft spoken as she is, is tough as nails and resourceful.

Or maybe it was because it shut up Sam, who was busy making the probable death of a very nice girl and her infant son at the hands of cannibals all about him, and how he felt responsible.


Pink Stops Show To Comfort Crying Child

Rocker/popster Pink may come off as one tough cookie, but it turns out the singer has an endearing soft side when it comes to her youngest fans. At her show in Philadelphia Sunday night, the singer stopped her set to comfort a little girl crying in the audience.

Pink, who was in the middle of a song, noticed the distraught child, and told her guitar player to “hold on a second.”

She called out: “Is everything okay right here? Is this little girl all right?”

Turns out the child was upset by a fight in the crowd. “Y'all are fighting around a little girl?” Pink–who is the mother of a nearly 2-year-old daughter–said incredulously.

She then walked to the edge of the stage, and offered the girl a stuffed frog toy and a Rice Krispy treat, telling her “you look beautiful!” Awww.

The youngster was too shy to come up and get the goodies, but those in front handed them back to her, to much cheers from the audience. See for yourselves:



Day 4: Best female lead

Jang Hye-sung from I Hear Your Voice

“I’m the witness of this murder, Jang Hye-sung. On the night of the accident, I was there, and I saw everything clearly. He hit the driver’s head with a metal pipe. And he told us to be quiet.”

I could spend hours talking about how amazing Hye-sung is, but perhaps the thing I admire most about her is how real she seems. Hye-sung is allowed to have all sorts of facets to her personality. She can be petty, arrogant, self-centered, and unmotivated, but she can also be heroic, tenacious, self-sacrificing, and fierce.

Hye-sung is fabulous because she relentlessly destroys Soo-ha’s unrealistic fantasies about her as both a woman and his first (and only) love while still doing awesome things that make him fall in love with the person she actually is. Her character growth from a subpar attorney to one of the best public defenders ever is one of the most satisfying elements in an already stellar drama. I loved her relationships with everyone else in the cast: her bickering parent-child routine with her mom, her enemies-to-frenemies evolution with Do-yeon, the slow-growing respect between her and Attorney Shin, the partnership that developed with Kwan-woo, and most especially the noona/dongsaeng to girlfriend/boyfriend trajectory with Soo-ha.

Hye-sung is a force of nature, and she demands that everyone else react to her—even if they’re not always sure what they ought to do about it.

Honorable Mentions: Oh Dal-ja from Dal-ja’s Spring, Lee Se-ryung from The Princess’s Man

(Photos: Dramabeans)


Kdrama Women’s Week || Day Two: Favorite Female Driven/Dominated Kdrama


It feels almost like I’m cheating to pick this show after all the squeeing I did about it, but I’m going to pick it anyway. I like action/adventure/thriller-type dramas, but one of my major complaints about them is how few women there tend to be in them. But not Healer. No, Healer decided to fill its ranks with women in all sorts of roles, whether or not they were conventional fits for them, and it was all the better for it.

Young-shin started out at as a website tabloid reporter with big dreams, and she gave everything she had to be the best at her job. Her compassion, her courage in the face of fear, her ability to improvise, her determination to protect others, and her desire to find out the truth won me over in short order.

Min-ja, the forty-nine-year-old, knitting, kimbap-making, frumpy-clothes-wearing, genius hacker, was a delight. Throughout the show she projected the air of a woman who did precisely what she wanted and was damn good at doing it. Her skills were invaluable to our heroes, and without her help and guidance, they never would have been able come close to winning. And let’s not forget that she used to be the leader of a cybercrimes team before her days as Healer’s hacker.

And then there’s Myung-hee, who spent her youth as a reporter and activist who ran an illegal radio station, who suffered and lost many things in her and her friends’ pursuit of a better society, who eventually remarried to a dear friend as part of rebuilding her life. Myung-hee, who picked up on the clues that her second husband was shady and at great personal risk yet again hunted for the truth, who said thank you for twenty years, but I am leaving when she discovered the evil in her home, who reunited with her daughter after twenty years and loved her with everything she had.

The show might have been named after the Healer, Jung-hoo, but Young-shin, Min-ja, Myung-hee, and even Min-jae and Dae-yong had crucial roles to play in the story.

(Photo credits: Dramabeans)

Runners-up: Dalja’s Spring, Dream High, Can We Get Married?, Secret Love Affair


I’ve recently decided to start watching The King 2 Hearts again (got distracted somewhere around episode 12 when it was first airing and never finished, though I did read the recaps this summer), and one of the things I loved most about episode one was, of course, Kim Hang-ah. I’m always a fan of having women in more non-traditional roles, and Hang-ah is one of the most competent soldiers I’ve seen in kdrama land, male or female.

But it’s not just her ability to kick ass that I admire—no, what won me all over again was the fact that she wants to get a boyfriend. She initially refuses to participate in the war games that fuel about 65% of the non-romantic plots in this series because all of North Korea thinks she’s a (literal) man-killer, and she doesn’t want the whole world to think the same of her, because how could she find someone to date her then? And it’s not until one of the top generals swears he will take care of her love life that she relents and joins the war games team.

Too often characters like Hang-ah are relegated to being just the token lady fighter who has no thoughts beyond getting the mission done and exists to point out blatant sexism. (Granted, I’m a fan of calling out all sorts of sexism, not just the blatant kind.) Instead, the writers for The King 2 Hearts made Hang-ah a brilliant and atypical mix of character traits that turn her into a memorable–and more human–character.

Just because Hang-ah trained Special Forces units doesn’t mean she can’t have a cutesy speech pattern or make finding a boyfriend one of her top priorities in life or fangirl over hot actors or be worried about her appearance. She can be a former assassin and a daddy’s girl. She can kick the crap out of the crown prince and she can fall in love with him.

(Photos: Dramabeans)